About Us

The Summer Fund is a donor collaborative providing a strategic coordinated approach to build, strengthen, and sustain a network of high-quality summer camps and programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. We provide resources to ensure that summer program opportunities are accessible to underserved communities in Greater Boston.

We provide operational support grants, capacity building initiatives, and other resources to selected camps and programs that offer quality summer enrichment opportunities. Summer Fund camps provide academic enrichment, social skill development, outdoor recreation, safe supervised settings and healthy meals for underserved youth during summer months.

Our strategic funding approach ensures that resources are targeted to disadvantaged populations, and meet the diverse needs of the rich and vibrant communities we serve.

The Summer Fund provides grants and resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve:

  • Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville
  • Underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 6-18, from low to moderate income households
  • All races, ethnic backgrounds, and abilities, including immigrants and refugees, older youth and teens, and children who have physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.

Summer Fund Fact

In partnership with Bank of America, Boston Private Industry Council and Hale Reservation, the Summer Fund’s 2017 Teen Leadership Institute provided 150 Boston Public High School teens job training, workplace skills, leadership development and CPR training to better prepare them for success in a summer employment opportunity.

Our Impact

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury

Random Quote

I am writing to let you know that my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her camp experience last week! Jane is a “slow-to-warm-up” kind of child, so it was especially wonderful to see her positively beaming at the end of each day and telling us all about her camp experiences, singing songs, and showing us her projects each evening. My husband and I are thankful to her counselors and to all of the staff for making it such a great week for her!

— Parent of camper, Boston Nature Center Summer Day Camp